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Writer Chris Anderson to read at Oregon State University April 28

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Writer and Oregon State University Professor Chris Anderson will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the OSU campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Anderson has written, co-written, or edited 14 books in a variety of genres on subjects ranging from writing style to nature to spirituality. 

His most recent book, “Light When It Comes: Trusting Joy, Facing Darkness, and Seeing God in Everything,” is a collection of collage essays published by Eerdmans in 2016. The book draws on an ancient prayer tradition, the Ignatian “Examen of Conscience,” to explore the struggle, joy and doubt of contemporary spirituality.

Anderson’s other books include “Free/Style: A Direct Approach to Writing”; “Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest,” which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction; “Open Questions: Critical Thinking, Ethical Writing”; and “Teaching as Believing: Faith in the University.” He has also published two books of poetry, “My Problem with the Truth” and “The Next Thing Always Belongs.” 

Anderson is a professor of English at OSU, where he teaches a variety of courses in writing, pedagogy and literature in translation. In addition to his doctorate in English from the University of Washington, Anderson holds a master’s degree in theology from Mount Angel Seminary and serves as an ordained Catholic deacon.

The reading is part of the 2016-17 Literary Northwest Series, which brings accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press; the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film; the College of Liberal Arts; Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele; and Grass Roots Books and Music. 

The event is free and open to the public. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

OSU to host 20th annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl April 20-23

CORVALLIS, Ore. – High school teams from around the country will compete April 20-23 at Oregon State University in the finals of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, an academic quiz-bowl style competition focusing on knowledge of issues relating to the world’s oceans. 

Competitors are the winning teams from 25 regional bowls held in February and include the first-place finishers at OSU’s regional contest, the Salmon Bowl. The winner of that bowl, hosted by the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, is Rockaway Beach’s Neah-Kah-Nie High School. A full list of competing teams is available here: http://bit.ly/2pBj5Kb.

This national competition, sponsored by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C., is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. 

Students will be quizzed on their knowledge of ocean science and related issues, including a diverse range of scientific disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, technology and policy. The theme for this year’s Finals is “Blue Energy: Powering the Planet with our Ocean.”

Designed to test students’ knowledge and encourage careers in ocean sciences, this year’s competition will cover basic ocean science questions such as “What effect does the El Niño Southern Oscillation have on the fishing industries in the Northern Hemisphere?” and explore topics relevant to the theme. Among them:

  • Technologies used to harness energy from waves, tides, currents, wind and other sources;
  • Challenges to implementing marine renewable energy;
  • Potential impacts of marine renewable energy on ecosystems and marine life;
  • Challenges of deploying, retrieving and maintaining ocean instruments and technologies;
  • Permits and regulatory policies;
  • Organizations and groups involved in marine renewable energy research and commercialization. 

Oregon State University is home to the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, a consortium of universities, faculty and students that conducts research and tests technologies to harness ocean power.

The 25 teams convene on the evening of Thursday, April 20, for a career mentoring event and spend Friday on eight different marine science-focused field trips to the Oregon coast ahead of the weekend’s competition. 

The welcome and competition will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in the LInC Room 128. The event concludes with the awards ceremony from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit nosb.org.

Major sponsors include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the Office of Naval Research; Schwab Charitable Fund made possible by the generosity of Wendy and Eric Schmidt; Deerbrook Charitable Trust; Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; Shell; Eastman Foundation; Lockheed Martin; and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. A complete list of sponsors can be found here: http://nosb.org/about-nosb/sponsors/.

 


 

About National Ocean Sciences Bowl: The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C. Now in its 20th year, the NOSB inspires students to pursue a college degree and future career in the ocean sciences. Through this educational forum, the NOSB introduces students, teachers, schools, and communities to ocean sciences as an interdisciplinary field of study and a possible career path. Most high school students do not have the opportunity to study ocean science as part of their formal coursework, which makes the NOSB one of the only ways students gain exposure to this field. Many past NOSB participants have moved on to pursue college degrees and careers in ocean science, helping to solve the growing environmental, economic and security issues facing our ocean and planet. 

About Consortium for Ocean Leadership: The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) is a Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization that represents the leading public and private ocean research education institutions, aquaria, and industry with the mission to shape the future of ocean science and technology. In addition to its advocacy role as the voice of the ocean research and technology community, COL manages a variety of community-wide research and education programs in areas of ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships.

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Allison Hays, 941-962-9266, ahays@oceanleadership.org; Flaxen Conway, 541-737-1339, fconway@coas.oregonstate.edu

OSU’s 2017 EdFest to focus on literary citizenship

CORVALLIS, Ore. – EdFest, a biennial festival that brings in panels of editors, publishers, agents and writers to address a range of topics related to professional development for emerging writers, will be held Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21 in Corvallis.

This year’s events explore the theme of literary citizenship. EdFest is hosted by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Events include: 

  • Writer Aaron Burch will read from his book “Stephen King’s The Body” at 6 p.m. April 20 at the Darkside Cinema in Corvallis. A screening of the film “Stand by Me” will follow. The theater is located at 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis.
  • Amanda Bullock will facilitate a panel discussion on “Opportunities in the Literary World Beyond Writing and Teaching” at 4 p.m. April 21 in the Valley Library Special Collections Room. The library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Pl., Corvallis. 
  • Authors Wendy S. Walters, Caryl Pagel, and Kevin González will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. April 21 in the Valley Library Rotunda.

The events are free and open to the public. 

EdFest is part of the 2016-17 Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to Oregon State University. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University to observe Holocaust Memorial Week events

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Lucille Eichengreen, a Holocaust survivor who endured the Lodz Ghetto and the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, will speak at Oregon State University April 25 as part of the university’s annual Holocaust Memorial Week.

Eichengreen was born as Cecilia Landau in Hamburg, Germany, in 1925. Her father and sister were murdered in the concentration camps and her mother died of starvation in Lodz. After liberation, Lucille assisted the British in identifying and bringing to justice more than 40 people who had oppressed prisoners in the Nazi camps. Her work drew death threats and she later moved to the U.S.

Eichengreen has spoken widely of what she saw and experienced during the war and has been much honored for this educational work, particularly in Germany. Her memoir, “From Ashes to Life,” tells her story in detail.

The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at the The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. The event is free and open to the public but attendees are encouraged to obtain free tickets in advance to ensure a seat. Tickets are available online at: http://bit.ly/2nYJLoz. A book-signing will follow.

Holocaust Memorial Week is presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. All events are free and open to the public. The program will include a theme of genocide and a focus on human rights.

Other Holocaust Memorial Week events are:

  • Monday, April 24: A public talk by Sarhang Hamasaeed, “The Wars in Iraq and Syria – National, Regional and Global Implications,” 7:30 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. Hamasaeed, director of Middle East Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, will examine the complexities of the wars in Iraq and Syria and discuss their implications for the region and the wider world.
  • Wednesday, April 26: Discussion, “Religious Prejudice on the Contemporary Scene: How Great is the Threat?” at 7:30 p.m. in the Milam Auditorium. Hilary Bernstein, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss recent indicators regarding the level and intensity of anti-semitism, while Amarah Khan, associate director of global diversity initiatives at OSU, will speak to the issue of Islamophobia, both locally and more generally. Weather permitting, a candlelight vigil affirming religious and cultural understanding will follow in the MU Quad from 9:15-10 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27: A public talk by Anne Kelly Knowles, “The Transformative Power of the Holocaust,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. Knowles, a professor of history at the University of Maine, is among the foremost proponents of geographic information systems, a methodology that bridges geography and history. Knowles will explore “the power of confinement, relocation, forced labor, and the constant threat of violence to change the everyday worlds of Jews throughout Eastern Europe.” The talk is co-sponsored by the OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Friday, April 28: The sixth annual Social Justice Conference on Human Rights, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. Students will read papers and discuss issues relating to human dignity, focusing on rising nationalism in the United States and Europe and how it may impact politics, international relations, and minorities. The event is co-sponsored by the OSU School of Public Policy and the Office of Diversity & Cultural Engagement.

For more information about the Holocaust Memorial Week events, visit http://holocaust.oregonstate.edu.

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Paul Kopperman, 541-737-1265, pkopperman@oregonstate.edu

Auditions for OSU’s one-act festival to be held April 16-17

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s Spring One-Act Festival 2017 will be held from 6-8 p.m. April 16 and April 17 in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre.

The 2017 One-Act Festival will feature three original plays written and directed by OSU Theatre students. The line-up includes “The Two Minds of Mr. Coffan,” by Hannah Fretz; “Skinner,” by Mike Stephens; and “Love Games,” by Heaven Carreon. Roles are available for twelve performers.

Auditions will consist of cold readings and short games. They are open to all OSU students, faculty and staff and to members of the Corvallis community. The theatre is located at 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

Rehearsals for each play will be scheduled by individual directors. All performers cast must be able to attend company run-throughs May 22-25, tech rehearsals May 27-28 and all dress rehearsals and performances May 30 through June 4.

Scripts will be available for check-out in Withycombe Hall, Room 145, during regular business hours. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1NbuaeH.

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Works by artist Betty LaDuke to be featured in OSU’s Little Gallery

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Bountiful Harvest & Border Crossings,” an exhibition of works depicting the stories of Latino farmworkers, by Ashland artist Betty LaDuke, is now on display in the Little Gallery at Oregon State University.

An opening reception will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. April 27 in the gallery, 210 Kidder Hall, 2000 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The artist will be on hand and the public is welcome to attend. The exhibit runs through June 16. 

The Little Gallery is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is free and open to the public.

LaDuke’s wood panel murals document and narrate the stories of Latino farmworkers who work in Oregon’s Rogue Valley. The aim of the work is to give recognition to those who live and work on the fringes of society. 

“My intention is to portray farmworkers and their families with dignity and appreciation for their work,” LaDuke said. “We all need a fair chance to feel visible, be paid a living wage and be respected for the work we do.”

LaDuke, who had a long career teaching art at Southern Oregon University, has traveled extensively around the world. Her work reflects the folk art traditions of the countries she has visited. Her body of work invites the viewer to celebrate the beauty of other cultures while recognizing mankind’s enduring hardships. 

Her work is on permanent display at the Medford Airport. She has also shown work at the Capitol Children’s Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas; The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago; and elsewhere.

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Helen Wilhelm, 541-737-2146, helen.wilhelm@oregonstate.edu

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OSU Music, Corvallis Repertory Singers present David Maslanka’s Mass

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The West Coast premiere of composer David Maslanka’s Mass will be presented at Oregon State University on Thursday, April 20, featuring the OSU Wind Ensemble, the OSU Chamber Choir and the Corvallis Repertory Singers.

The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus in Corvallis. Chris Chapman, director of bands at OSU, will conduct.

Tickets are $18 to $25. OSU students with identification and K-12 youth will be admitted free. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply. Advance tickets are available online at repsing.org or in Corvallis at Grass Roots Books and Music, Troubadour Music or Schmidt’s Garden Center, or in Albany at Sid Stevens Jewelers.

Maslanka is widely regarded as one of the greatest wind band composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. From a catalog of more than 130 major works, more than 40 have been composed specifically for the wind ensemble.

The Mass, based on the transformational aspects of the Latin Mass, shows his distinctive compositional style. Scored for 36 instrumentalists, two vocal soloists, mixed choir and children’s choir, the 1994-95 work is one of only a handful of choral-wind ensemble works written by a major composer.

The Mass premiered in 1996 at the University of Arizona in Tucson and three more performances were given in 1998 by Illinois State University. Maslanka made substantial revisions to the work prior to a 2005 performance at Festival Miami in Miami, Florida.

The Corvallis performance will use the 2005 revision. Only two complete recordings of the work currently exist: one of the original version of the work and another of the 2005 revision. In addition to the performance on April 20 the performers will record the work under supervision of the composer for release as part of the “David Maslanka Composer Series” on Mark Records of Clarence, New York.

Chapman conducts the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds groups at OSU. In spring 2016, he and the Wind Ensemble recorded Maslanka’s “Saint Francis” for future release on Mark Records. The Corvallis Repertory Singers are led by Steven M. Zielke, director of choral studies at OSU.

The performance also will feature soprano soloist Amy Hansen, who joined the OSU vocal faculty in fall, 2016; and baritone soloist Nicolai Strommer, who earned his undergraduate degree at OSU and earned a graduate degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

For accommodations relating to a disability, call 541-737-4671, preferably at least one week in advance. The LaSells Stewart Center is located at 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

 

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

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OSU to host Marine Science Day on April 8

NEWPORT, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will hold its annual Marine Science Day on Saturday, April 8, giving visitors an opportunity to see laboratories behind-the-scenes, interact with student scientists and learn more about current marine research.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center, located in Newport southeast of the Highway 101 bridge over Yaquina Bay. It will feature interactive, hands-on exhibits and opportunities to talk to researchers from OSU and other federal and state agencies.

The theme is “Celebrating Student Research” and student scientists will be among the researchers presenting exhibits on marine mammals, oyster aquaculture, ocean acidification, ocean noise, seagrass ecology, fisheries, deep sea vents and more. Visitors can learn about research diving with the OSU Dive Team, observe microscopic plankton, tour a genetics lab and hear about the NOAA Corps 100th year as a commissioned service.

Special activities for children will be offered by Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The Oregon Coast STEM Hub and representatives from OSU and Oregon Coast Community College will also be available to engage K-12 students interested in pursuing marine studies.

Special events include:

  • A lecture at 2:30 p.m. by José R. Marín Jarrín, Charles Darwin Foundation, Galápagos, Ecuador, on “From Hatfield to the Charles Darwin Foundation: the importance of student research experiences.”
  • Opening celebration at 10:30 a.m. for the Experimental Seawater Facility, funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • A public feeding of the octopus Opal in the Visitors Center will be at 1 p.m.

Visitors may also learn about the progress of OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative, which seeks to host 500 students-in-residence in Newport by 2025.

“With a new teaching and research facility in the fundraising and design phase, Marine Science Day offers a great opportunity to understand why we are so excited about OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative,” said Bob Cowen, director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

“It is also a chance to learn about our scientists – who we are, what we do, and how we, as university, state and federal partners, work together and with communities to better understand and solve our marine and coastal challenges.”

More information on the event is available online at http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/marinescienceday

 

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Maryann Bozza, 541-867-0234

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Artist Hank Willis Thomas to speak at OSU April 19

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Hank Willis Thomas, a photo conceptual artist who works primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture, will speak April 19 at Oregon State University.

The talk, “Divided We Fall,” will be at 6:30 p.m. in Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. A reception with the artist will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Myrtle Tree Alcove. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.

Thomas also will be in residence on campus April 18-19 and will spend time visiting art classes and reviewing and critiquing student art work. His visit and lecture are part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

Thomas has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including at The International Center of Photography, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

His monograph, “Pitch Blackness,” was published by Aperture. His work is in numerous public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and more.

In 2015, Thomas co-founded “For Freedoms,” the first artist-run super PAC. He is currently represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Goodman Gallery in South Africa.

Thomas received the BFA in photography and Africana studies from New York University and the MFA/MA in photography and visual criticism from the California College of Arts.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to the OSU campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2dVv5kW and http://www.hankwillisthomas.com/

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Contact: Kerry Skarbakka, 541-737-1256, kerry.skarbakka@oregonstate.edu

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OSU to host events celebrating hands-on learning and maker culture April 14-15

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host The Co., a  two-day event celebrating hands-on learning and maker culture, April 14-15 on the Corvallis campus.

“SEA Through the Eyes of an Artist” will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 14 at Furman Hall. The fourth-annual Corvallis Maker Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15 in the Memorial Union Ballroom and the Student Experience Center Plaza. Both events are free and open to the public.

“Maker” culture is a popular movement honoring craftsmanship and technology and the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources. The Co. event offers the OSU community and the public an opportunity to collaborate, innovate and create. The event also provides a forum for teaching the value of hands-on learning in classrooms from kindergarten through college.

“SEA Through the Eyes of an Artist” is a new event this year, hosted by the College of Education in conjunction with The Co. and SPARK, OSU’s year-long celebration of the arts and science. All events are free and open to the public. The schedule is:

  • 9:30 a.m. to noon: Activities for K-12 students including a Muddy Creek project demonstration; SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences);  StreamWebs; Art at Sea; and Storytime with Judy Li. Furman Hall.
  • 1-2 p.m.: Keynote speaker, Brownwyn Bevan of the University of Washington College of Education, who will deliver an interactive keynote presentation on makerspace research in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 100.
  • 2-5 p.m.: Activities for the OSU community, including an earthquake/tsunami activity station; an “interpret your research” competition for graduate students to demonstrate their dissertation or capstone projects through music, dance, painting or other art forms; and happy hour with Bevan. Furman Hall.
  • 5-9 p.m.: Activities for families and the community, including a COSIA activity station. Furman Hall.

Other activities include an arts and science geocaching quest throughout the OSU campus; panels to inspire women and girls to enter STEM fields, presented by the campus groups Women in Science and Women in Engineering; and a show focused on arts and science presented by the Corvallis Public Library. A full schedule of events is available online: http://www.corvallismakerfair.org/the-co-2017/sea-through-the-eyes-of-an-artist/.

At Saturday’s Maker Fair, attendees can talk to experts in the arts, crafts, technology, and sciences and leave with unique souvenirs such as Michael Boonstra’s laser-etched cedar selfies.

Visitors can also tie flies with OSU Fly Fishing, experience virtual reality gaming with Solid Fuel Studios, help build a Mars lander based on the actual Viking design plans with the Viking Mars Mission Preservation and Education Team, learn basic programming concepts with the OSU Open Source Lab, find out about the process of creating pigments with the Mobile Color Lab and more.

The Co. is organized by a team of OSU faculty, staff, and students and professionals from the Corvallis area. Sponsors and partners for the 2017 event include HP, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, OSU College of Education, OSU College of Forestry, OSU Division of Outreach and Engagement, OSU College of Liberal Arts, OSU Libraries and Press, and SPARK.

Registration information, a complete schedule, exhibitor list and additional details about the events are available on the event website, www.corvallismakerfair.org.

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Charles Robinson, 541-737-6535, charles.robinson@oregonstate.edu